Pentax K-50 Review

September 16, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

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#1 M.

I don’t know what to say… I downloaded one of the library Raw images. While colours are pleasant, the barrel distortion is horrible, as well as the lack of sharpness at the borders (not to mention the corners). Even at the centre, the images are quite soft. And the JPEGs are overprocessed and noisy at 400 ISO. Definitely one to shoot Raw, needs better lenses.

11:03 pm - Monday, September 16, 2013

#2 dan

Never found Pentax noisy but then i never shot raw with mine. Have to completely agree about the lenses, i have never been impressed with their general lens quality.  I always ended up buying Sigmas. Really hoping Ricoh can improve the lens lineup (give me some more Q lenses Ricoh!).

8:54 am - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

#3 Steve

This is effectively a more subdued looking k30, which is an excellent camera and offers great value for the price. If you put a good lens on it the image quality is really stand out. I often use the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens on my k30 and am amazed with its performance.

9:46 am - Thursday, September 19, 2013

#4 Best DSLR Camera

detail post I hope K50 willbe my next one

7:43 pm - Thursday, September 19, 2013

#5 Tord S Eriksson

My wife’s K-30 is an amazing update of my K-x, and this is just a step further! Far better than my old K-5, that really didn’t produce the images it should!

10:10 pm - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#6 Sophocles

I’m going to buy a K-50. Does anyone know if my Pentax-A 35-80mm fits in K-50’s body?

7:46 pm - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#7 Tord S Eriksson

Pretty sure it will fit, but better ask someone at Pentax!

10:33 am - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

#8 Dave C

ANy Pentax K-mount lens ever made, in fact almost all K-mount lenses made by anybody will work on your K50. That’s the advantage of Pentax!

10:57 am - Saturday, May 10, 2014

#9 Jim

After selling my Olympus DSLR a couple years ago and since been using a Canon bridge camera I have researched the heck right out of camera’s and at different times was ready to buy other camera’s, but held off because of a gut feeling and something just kept saying no… After going back and forth lately between the K-3, K-5 series, K-50, K-500.  I have ordered the K-50… Here is why: 1) Price, 2) Weather shield, 3) Image stabilization, 4) Image quality. The image quality is very minor between the above mentioned cameras.  K-3 24 megapixel vs K-50 16 megapixel, what you find is very little difference in quality because the K-3 pixel size is smaller 15.2 um(squared) vs K-50 pixel size of 22.9 um(squared) (about the same size pixel found in Nikon full frame D810)... Lacking some minor features that were not important to me I opted for the Pentax K-50.. Hear is what I was able to get Pentax K-50 w/18-55mm WR, 50-200mm WR, 32 gig memory card, Pentax AF-200FG P-TTL (swapped this flash out for a Bower SFD926P - $30 upgrade).  All for under $680.00… To me that is excellent bang for your bucks… especially since the K-3 image quality on one site was 80 and the K-50 was rated 79… Almost the same and close enough for me… And the Nikon D7100 rated at 83… (but a lot more money too)... I am a happy camper and the K-50 will do just fine for what I want to do with it… And I even have beer money left over, for those special times - for everything else there is Master Card… hahaha

11:34 pm - Monday, September 15, 2014

#10 Tord S Eriksson

I think you’ll be happy with your K-50 (which is mainly a repackaged K-30)!

Were out yesterday photographing birds, the wife using her K-30 + HD DA55-300, and me mainly using my Nikon V2 + her 70-300CX (took some with my D600 + 80-400 VR, too).

For BIF (birds in flight) she won the competition easily, while on the ground, and the water, the longer relative focal length of the lens on the V2 (crop factor 2.7), compared to the K-30’s (crop factor 1.5) was a big help.

Hope you’ll have a lot of fun with your kit!

12:02 pm - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#11 Jim

Thanks Tord.

Yesterday I spent the day just as a discovery day with the camera.
I did reprogram the AF button to be AE lock instead, makes more sense to me for what I do and how I like to do it.
Gonna check into the RAW button to see if I can create a shortcut for something I may use more frequently.
Other than that the two lenses seem to be ok and doing their job.  No complaints with them.  The 50-200mm seems to be the one for outside trolling lens while the 18-55mm more for indoors… The 15-135mm would have been great as the carry around trolling lens but being poor I just didn’t have the bucks to go that route.  So I will make do with what I have and my smile will be just as big… It is the activity that is the most important thing anyway…
Crazy thing with the flash though.  I wasn’t paying too much attention but it seemed at first to work fine in TTL.  Then when I used TTL the pictures were like no flash at all even though it fired - seems to be firing before or after the shutter… However, here is the crazy part… If I put the flash in manual mode and set the zoom to auto the darn thing functions like TTL in that it auto zooms with the lens and picks up my ISO and aperture settings… Crazy eh?
Gonna mess with it some more and try to figure out if something went sideways (if so maybe return it for an exchange)... Oh well…

3:48 pm - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#12 Jim

As I mentioned before the flash seemed to get quirky - I did do the firmware update from 1.00 to 1.02.. maybe the firmware affected the flash operation…  Maybe, Pentax changed some setting with relationship to TTL and the flash was programed to a different firmware version… I don’t have a clue… hahaha

3:51 pm - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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